NACAC State-by-State Adoption Fact Sheets

The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) produced a series of adoption fact sheets for the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) to help inform adoption community members and adoption advocates. Below are what you will find in the state-by-state fact sheets, derived mostly from 2012 AFCARS data:

  • Foster care was intended to be temporary, but many U.S. children remain in care for years.
  • Older children in the U.S. are not as likely to be adopted as younger children.
  • Many waiting and adopted children in the U.S. are children of color.
  • In 2012, most U.S. children left foster care to return home (50.7%) or live with relatives or in guardianship (15.0%). 51,225 children (21.3% of all exits) were adopted.
  • In 2012, 23,395 youth in the U.S. aged out of foster care without a permanent, legal family.
  • Most children adopted from foster care in the United States are adopted by foster parents and relatives.
  • Many children in U.S. foster care are adopted transracially.
  • As a result of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, many more children will be eligible for federal adoption assistance.

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